When FIFA decided yesterday (Wednesday) to remove Indonesia from hosting the Under-20 World Cup, it knew that it was putting itself in a race against the clock to find an alternative host, given the fact that the dates of the tournament will not change and it will open on May 20. It appears that the host country The "Mondialeto" will be hosted by Argentina, with an official announcement about this expected to be made at the end of the week, the senior journalists in Argentina announced at the end of a meeting that took place today at the CONMEBOL offices in Paraguay. FIFA President Gianni Infantino arrived in Asuncion
to debate the meeting of the heads of the South American federation, among them The president of the Argentine Association (AFA) Chiqui Tapia, who has already proposed to hold the tournament in his country.
The two discussed the issue and the senior journalists in South America report that the announcement of moving the Mondialito from Indonesia to Argentina is expected at the end of the week, but that the decision is final and all that remains is to be announced.
The Muslim protests in Indonesia led FIFA to move the Under-20 World Cup (Photo: Reuters)
There are several reasons for this.
In addition to the fact that Argentina is ready in terms of infrastructure, i.e. stadiums, hotels and transport, it is a worthwhile choice for FIFA from a sporting point of view: the Albiceleste did not qualify for the Under-20 World Cup due to failure in the last South American championship about two months ago, so it will receive the ticket by right The hospitality.
The Argentine media explain that this is also a good political move for Infantino: recognition for the country from which the world champion and the best crowd in the world come. Such a "reward" could come, for example, at the expense of AFA's return to the FIFA Council, after the Argentine association lost its place there In 2019, following an angry letter sent by Tapia about the use of the VAR system in the Copa America in Brazil.
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Apparently, they will soon fly to Argentina.
The players of the youth team (Photo: Reuters)
It is also a better option than the alternatives, at least the ones mentioned in the reports: Qatar and Peru.
The former has just hosted the World Cup and is not in good political relations with Israel - the reason why Indonesia was disqualified as host.
As for Peru, it has already been chosen to host the Under-17 World Cup and requested to hold all the games in one city, which includes a stadium without lighting and another stadium with synthetic grass, so it does not appear to be a country that will be able to properly prepare logistically to host the "Mondialito" in about a month and a half.
If so, Israel's youth team can start preparing for a long flight to Argentina, where they will try to show the whole world that their dizzying success in the U19 Euros last year - was no accident.
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